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Comment It will fail (Score 3, Informative) 148

AR will take off someday as it's useful in pretty much all situations. VR is much less useful, isolating. Requires an unreasonable amount of dedicated space. It seems like it will remain a niche except outside a few vertical markets like 3d design and architecture. I'm sure there will be a market but it seems unlikely to be a mainstream tech.

I'd.be happy to be wrong

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Can We Pollinate Flowers With Tiny Flying Drones? (economist.com) 130

An anonymous reader writes: An engineer in Japan has built a 1.6-inch "pollinator-bot" and successfully tested it in his lab. The drone's creator "has armed it with paintbrush hairs that are covered in a special gel sticky enough to pick pollen up, but not so sticky that it holds on to that pollen when it brushes up against something else," reports The Economist. They write that his experiments with the tiny drone "show that the drone can indeed carry pollen from flower to flower in the way an insect would -- though he has yet to confirm that seeds result from this pollination." While flown by a human pilot, next he hopes to equip the drones with their own flower-recognizing technology.

The Christian Science Monitor followed up with four experts, asking "Could a fleet of robo-pollinators replace, or at least supplement, the bees?" One said "There is no substitute for bees." Another pointed out that even if robo-bees are developed, some flowers will prove harder to pollinate than others. A third expert thought the technology could scale, though it would need to be mass-produced, and the engineers would need to develop a reusable pollen-collecting gel. But a fourth expert remained worried that it just couldn't scale without becoming too expensive. "I'm not sure that's going to be cheap enough to not make blueberries hundreds of dollars a pint."

Three of those experts also agreed that the best solution is just wild bees, because domesticated or not, "All they have to do is make sure to set aside enough land conducive to the bees' habitat."

Comment Re:Some very significant applications (Score 2) 39

I agree with you that's mostly what I wish they'd do but if you google it the airlines don't want to lose money and they'd have to offer refunds or something for people calling in with the flu on missed flights. Otherwise I wish they'd do it for all the reasons you point out though I'd hate if if I missed a flight :P

Comment Get off my lawn! It's totally fun today (Score 1) 449

I started on Apple II, TRS-80, Atari 800, C64 and I certainly remember those days fondly. But today's kids have Scratch, Python, PICO-8, Unity, Unreal, HTML5, Processing, digital cameras, digital video, the internet, github and all kind of other stuff to go crazy on. You can **start** learning how to make a website on HTML or a **start** learning to make a game in Unity in 30-60 minutes and have thousands of tutorials and videos all over the web to help you progress. That's sooooooooooo much better than it was back in the 8bit days when the best you could hope for was some BASIC games books, Softdisk / Compute Magazine and or whatever you could find at the local bookstore.

Comment Soundcloud only music site that supports CORS (Score 2) 20

AFAICT Soundcloud is the only music site that supports CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing).

They let artists mark each track individually whether or not that feature is allowed for their track. I've used it as source music for things on vertexshaderart.com. It will kind of suck of because of the acquisition they remove CORS support.

Comment AirBnB needs to die (Score 3, Insightful) 211

The idea of AirBnB is a good one but AirBnB in particular is an unethical company that specifically allows hosts to falsely advertise and get away with it with impunity.

I've stay at 20+ places and one in 5 has lied about their listings. From claiming it's 1 bedroom but actually being a studio. Claiming WiFi but actually stealing it from a neighbor. Claiming to provide parking but not. The latest is claiming to be 1 place but actually be several blocks away. In every case AirBnB did nothing. In the last case AirBnB even claimed it was policy that locations are false. So you try to rent something in a nice/safe/quiet area and it's actually an bad/dangerous/loud area and this is actually official AirBnB policy

AirBnB really need to be taken down until they stop being blatantly unethical.

Comment Re:Why conceal it? (Score 1) 740

By your argument we should include the race of the people that grew, processed, packaged, and shipped all products as well because

> Only an informed consumer who knows every aspect of the product could possibly choose the "best" product

That way people can choose not to buy from certain races.

There are valid arguments for not including certain labeling. People that think they need to know if something is GMO should be grouped in with people that think vaccines cause autism. It has no place in labeling

Comment Re:I'd like to hear Mozilla's response (Score 2) 288

Mozilla's response is to build a browser that has the same protections as other browsers.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Electrolysis

They're doing that because they know their current tech isn't up to it. It's funny how their fans keep defending their current tech when Firefox themselves are abandoning it as soon as possible.

Comment Re:This is a big bitchslap to Mozilla (Score 1) 288

So you never, ever turn on JavaScript? Or every time you turn it on you read through every line of it to make sure it hasn't changed and isn't doing anything bad?

NoScript is basically worthless. You can't possibly trust every website you run JavaScript on. Even if that's only 1 or 2 you still need a secure browser for those 1 or 2 sites or you just asking for trouble.

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